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44th NCI: Address by the Perm Sec, Fed. Min. of Information, Dr. Yemi-Esan
44th NCI: Address by the Perm Sec, Fed. Min. of Information, Dr. Yemi-Esan
44th NCI: Address by the Perm Sec, Fed. Min. of Information, Dr. Yemi-Esan
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44th NCI: Address by the Perm Sec, Fed. Min. of Information, Dr. Yemi-Esan

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ADDRESS BY THE PERMANET SECRETARY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, AT THE 44TH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL …

ADDRESS BY THE PERMANET SECRETARY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, AT THE 44TH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL
ON INFORMATION HELD AT WOMEN AND CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT
INITIATIVE FOUNDATIION, OSOGBO, OSUN STATE FROM 25TH – 27TH
SEPTEMBER, 2013

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  • 1. ADDRESS BBY THE PERMANET SECRETARY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, AT THE 44TH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INFORMATION HELD AT WOMEN AND CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOUNDATIION, OSOGBO, OSUN STATE FROM 25TH – 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2013 The Honourable Commissioner of Information & Strategy, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-General & Heads of Parastatals, Federal & State Directors of Information, Distinguished Delegates Gentlemen of the Press, Distinguished Ladies & Gentlemen It is an honour and privilege to be with you all at the 44th National Council on Information holding in this historic town of Osogbo, the capital of Osun State known for its internationally acclaimed rich cultural heritage and choice tourist location. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the indefatigable Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, his able lieutenants and the good people of Osun State a.k.a. the State of Osun for their wonderful warm reception and traditional hospitality lavished on us since we arrived here. Following this conducive and hospitable environment I am optimistic that we have all been well energized to take far reaching decisions on the vital aspects of Information Management that will impact positively on the citizenry and facilitate national development.
  • 2. As you are all aware we have the traditional responsibility to keep Nigerians adequately informed. Effective communication of government’s decisions, policies and programmes in a timely and comprehensive manner helps to bridge the gap between the government and the people. A dynamic information management has thus become critical to the success or otherwise of any government be it among the developed or the developing nations. We have the obligation to evolve at all times transparent and effective ways of helping people understand, appreciate and support government plans, programmes and activities through the provision of adequate information. Unfortunately we are yet to fully avail ourselves of the great possibilities offered by the new multi-media platforms that can help us do our job better and help get our messages across to millions of people simultaneously in real time. Our traditional publicity outlets often referred to as industrial media are striving to contain the contemporary publicity challenges but we need to take a step further because our society is becoming more and more complex and the global community is currently being driven by digital technologies. It is this state of affairs that has informed the adoption of the theme for this 44th Meeting of the National Council on Information – “Social Media and Public Information Management”. We as Information Managers need to include in our publicity domain the present day social media which uses mobile and web-based technologies to create highly inter-active platforms.
  • 3. Through Social Media such as blogs, microblogs, social networks etc, people or groups can create, organize, edit, comment on combine and share information thereby helping agencies or governments better achieve their mission goals. And in the case of our current democratic dispensation of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to achieve the Transformation Agenda, this is key. It is my belief that this meeting will give adequate consideration to issues bordering on social media as a publicity strategy as well as other vital issues to enable us formulate adequate publicity methods that will portray government programmes and activities favourable to the people. I wish us all fruitful deliberations and thank you for your kind attention.

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